MIAMI, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the appointment of Madeline M. Pumariega, President and CEO of Take Stock in Children as the next Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor. As Chancellor, Pumariega, will serve more than 800,000 students at 28 colleges throughout the state.
“It is both a privilege and a pleasure to join the Florida College System as Chancellor,” said Madeline Pumariega, Take Stock in Children President and CEO. “I am excited to take on this leadership role that provides students with a low-cost, high-quality education that translates into job readiness and 21 st century workplace skills.”
As President and CEO of Take Stock in Children since 2013, Pumariega has led the operational, financial and legislative efforts of Florida’s premier scholarship and mentoring program. Take Stock in Children has a 20-year history of breaking the cycle of poverty through education that leads to well-paying jobs.
Before coming to TSIC, Pumariega spent 20 years at Miami Dade College (MDC), most recently as President of the Wolfson Campus. She is regarded for her work in developing innovative approaches to support academic progress and students success, ensuring thousands of youth can access and complete college.
Pumariega is a board member of City Year Miami, serves on a steering committee for The Miami Foundation, is a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), and is part of Leadership Florida Class XXXIII.
Pumariega, who will be the first woman and Hispanic to hold the office of Chancellor of the Florida College System, is scheduled to assume the position in September.
About Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization has been providing volunteer mentors, scholarships and hope to hundreds of thousands of Florida’s deserving at-risk, low-income students since 1995. Reporting an unparalleled 96% annual high school graduation rate and an 87% college enrollment rate, TSIC is Florida’s flagship and most successful mentoring and scholarship program. In every Florida county, TSIC scholars in middle and high school pledge to meet regularly with their mentor, maintain academic standards, and remain drug and crime-free on the way to achieving a high school diploma. The reward for fulfilling these commitments is a scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school. To donate, volunteer or learn more about Take Stock in Children, please call 888-322-4673 or visit www.takestockinchildren.org.
SOURCE Take Stock in Children